Ken Suffridge attends GMA convention
Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge was among more than 2,000 officials to attend the recent annual convention of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in Savannah.
The convention included two days of training, along with two days of policy committee meetings, the election of new officers and numerous sessions on topics affecting municipal government.
The convention gives city officials the opportunity to hear from state leaders and local government experts on issues affecting cities. It also allows city leaders from around the state the chance to network with each other and learn about innovative programs. They also discussed how new state and federal laws will affect cities.
“I always try to attend as many sessions as I can, but one of the most valuable experiences is talking with other city officials about things that so many of the city’s have in common, regardless of their size or locations” said Mayor Suffridge. “Being with other city officials from around the state gives one the opportunity to learn about innovative programs cities have implemented. Obviously no two cities are the same, but we get to learn from each other and experts on municipal government.”
City officials are encouraged to partici- pate in GMA activities at the district level and get to know their district staff representative. Lou Comer, the District 1 representative worked for the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner when Mayor Suffridge was a Gwinnett County Commissioner, 1984-1988.
Mayor Suffridge, who serves as District 1 Second Vice President said, “It has been very beneficial for the City of Aragon to have access to all the resources available through GMA. Having a good working relationship with the District Representative can save a lot of research time.” In each of the 12 districts, spring listening sessions provides an opportunity to receive briefings on the recently completed legislative sessions and suggest issues and concerns that should be addressed in GMA’s legislative platform the following year.